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Absolute Necessity
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[German Version]

I. Philosophy of Religion – II. Philosophy

I. Philosophy of Religion

The German word das Unbedingte (lit. “the unconditional”) is first found in philosophical texts from the last third of the 18th century, as a translation of the Latin absolutum. It was I. Kant (see II below) who gave this concept its specific connotation, which had a long-lasting influence on subsequent theology and the philosophy of religion.

The absolute necessity is the ultimate principle, which is not conditioned by anything…

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Danz, Christian and Sandkaulen, Birgit, “Absolute Necessity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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